Coronavirus Update March 4, 2020
from Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Lynch
Dear RUSD Families,
Last evening we received a letter from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County's Public Health Officer, providing the most recent update regarding the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. Please see his letter attached.
To summarize, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Marin residents and still no evidence of its spread in the Marin community. That said, for those of you considering international travel in the coming weeks including spring break, please note that travel advisories and restrictions are in effect. Travelers going to or returning from an affected area may experience delays or may have limitations on activities. Please consult the CDC travel link for the latest updates. Families who travel to affected countries may be under a 14-day quarantine, which would prevent them from returning to school per current CDC guidelines. At this time, we do not have any recommendations to cancel school gatherings or field trips and we are following CDCs guidance as information evolves. We are working with District principals to develop instructional plans in the event a school closure is needed. Moreover, we have implemented the following procedures to mitigate the spread of germs in our schools:
- All District custodians are focused on disinfecting desks, counter tops, door handles, and any other flat surfaces in each classroom and office
- Hand sanitizer bottles are in all classrooms and we encourage students and faculty to use and hand washing frequently. Since there is now a shortage of hand sanitizer in stores and on-line, we encourage families to send a personal size bottle to school with their child as we are having delays in our ability to replenish our supply
- Disinfecting cloths are in each classroom to wipe down iPads and surfaces after daily use Disinfecting cloths are in each classroom to wipe down iPads and surfaces after daily use
- We must adhere to a "not sharing" policy of iPads between our students in our classes
- If child has a fever, they are to remain home until they have been fever free for 24 hours
- Students are encouraged to follow basic health best practices including washing hands thoroughly, covering up coughs / sneezes, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- All students, faculty, and staff who are feeling ill should stay home until they recover
We are closely monitoring updates from the Marin County Office of Education and the Marin County Office of Public Health, as well as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide the most up-to-date information.
For more information, please visit the links below:
COMMUNITY MEETING REGARDING COVID-19
Save the Date - March 9, 2020 from 6pm-7:30pm! We have scheduled a community meeting with health experts from the Department of Health and Human Services and Kaiser Permanente. The event is open to the public and available via Facebook Live. Please see the attached flyer with complete details.